During the early 70’s Donald was a singer and dancer in the television troupe, The Young Generation and later appeared in West End shows such as Anthony Newley’s, Stop the World, I Want to Get Off. He did not receive the fame he wanted, but he did become a millionaire as a savvy antique dealer and owner of real estate. Sadly, Donald died of AIDS-related causes in 1992. Dusty died of breast cancer in 1999.
DONALD DOES DUSTY pays homage to them both and draws upon Donald and Dusty’s lives and careers. They shared a common heritage: both coming from lower class backgrounds; both singers and performers; both desirous of fame and fortune and both closeted gays in a homophobic Britain. The performance raises issues of death and bereavement, and creates a new celebration space in which to celebrate the spirit of our loved ones who have passed on.